We need so­lu­tions, not pros­ti­tu­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL -

ANY­ONE WITHIN a na­tion who wants to le­galise pros­ti­tu­tion should be con­sid­ered an en­emy to the na­tion’s progress. Who in the so­ci­ety would want their sons and daugh­ters in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion? What we as a na­tion should do in­stead is to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for our peo­ple to be em­ployed and learn a skill, mo­ti­vat­ing them to re­spect their bodies, their val­ues and main­tain dig­nity.

Many of those in­volved in pros­ti­tu­tion will be the first to tell you that they don’t want to be in­volved in it, but they en­gage only be­cause they are des­per­ate to sur­vive and of­ten have no other sup­port sys­tem. Many are sin­gle moth­ers, oth­ers are mem­bers of prom­i­nent churches.

Many lead­ers in so­ci­ety are too lazy to take the step and come up with so­lu­tions to cre­ate op­por­tu­ni­ties for the peo­ple. They are, in­stead, quick to come up with an­swers that call for very lit­tle ef­fort on their part and doesn’t do much (if any­thing at all) to truly ad­vance their peo­ple and na­tion.

Some lead­ers pre­tend as if they care about our women and youth or are cham­pi­oning gen­der is­sues, but from time im­memo­rial un­til now, they are us­ing the women and chil­dren as a front and they don’t re­ally care about them. Some are in it for what they can get out of it them­selves, not be­cause they truly care about the well­be­ing of the peo­ple.

Our lead­ers and our peo­ple should be get­ting to­gether to dis­cuss how to bring out the gifts and tal­ents within the na­tion for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and to cre­ate hope, rather than de­bat­ing whether or not to le­galise or de­crim­i­nalise ac­tiv­i­ties which de­grade, de­mor­alise and di­min­ish the value and dig­nity of our women and youth es­pe­cially.

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